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Mindstorm - 1987 Mindstorm



ARTIST: Mindstorm
ALBUM: Mindstorm
LABEL: Aquarius
SERIAL: AQR545
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE: 1987, Unidisc, GEK-2318

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Travis Mitchell - vocals * Al Rodgers - guitars * Gary Moffet, Bill Szawlowski - keyboards * Russell Boswell - bass * Bruce Moffet - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 See The Future * 02 Go My Way * 03 Find The Way * 04 Witch Doctor * 05 Live Hard * 06 End Of The Line * 07 Whispers * 08 Live To Die * 09 One Of Those Days * 10 Hey Lady (Hidden Track)


Background
Despite the prog metal connotations, this is far from it. Instead, how about Canadian melodic rock from the mid 80's? Mindstorm the band, are really a duo. Winnipeg vocalist Travis Mitchell and guitarist Al Rodgers are the brains trust here. Now, if you thought Lenny Wolf and Michael White had claims on being the ultimate Robert Plant clone, then you can add Travis Mitchell to the line-up of contenders. Mindstorm, for this particular record, also had a connection to the band April Wine. S.C.I Productions who handled the production of this album were in fact the pairing of Bruce Moffet and Bill Szawlowski - both having an involvement with previous AW albums. So what of Mindstorm? It's an acquired taste, some tracks sound great, some others move me about as much as two-day constipation.


The Songs
The band lead-off with a hair-metal tune 'See The Future', but then go and spoil it with the Zep flavored 'Go My Way' which takes away any momentum accrued in the first track. By the third track 'Find The Way' you are left wondering what the heck is going on, and whether the band have actually lost their way. Things improve slightly on 'Witch Doctor' but its not until 'Live Hard' until they realise their promise - a truly great track, sort of like Helix meeting King Kobra at a Led Zep convention! 'End Of The Line' is a truly ill-advised move back to folksy Zep material, the same goes for 'Whispers'.. there's talk of maidens and white horses.. oh please. 'Live To Die' is a return to hard rock form, as is 'One Of Those Days' which reminds us of fellow Canadians Kick Axe.


In Summary
The band went out to make another album for Capitol/Aquarius called 'Back To Reality'. This was released in 1991, the record deal being terminated the following year. Mindstorm returned in 1996 for the release of 'Mindstorm III'. Unfortunately for this reviewer, 'Mindstorm' the album doesn't really do anything for my mind - let alone my ears. Apart from one or two tracks, this album is jettisoned to the back of the collection, sorry to say.


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#1 | Eric on December 29 2007 00:33:06
With you on this one George. A non-starter for me as well.
#2 | Nick C on December 30 2007 14:57:01
Originally I quite liked it.....but then went right off it and sold it a couple of years back on eBay. Not sure what put me off it..probably the inconsistancy of the music as mentioned above.
#3 | rkbluez on December 30 2007 17:52:34
Shoot me guys...but I like this band...like the Zep influences and the way they use the acoustic with the heavier electric elements in their sound...to me it makes the album more diverse...it's very 70's sounding and less 80's (with those nasty phony keyboard sounds)...and that's cool to me...IMO.
#4 | gdazegod on December 30 2007 22:02:49
I'm guessing that those that don't mind a bit of the Zeps, then they might enjoy it. The softer moments of this album are pretty weak though. In saying that, comparing these guys to Beggars And Thieves for instance.. I much prefer B&T.
#5 | super80boy on March 11 2017 23:00:57
The opener 'See The Future' is an excellent melodic metal track as well as the final song 'One Of Those Days'. Agreed on the Zep / Acoustic interludes, they don't bode well and mess up the vibe a bit. If you're okay with a bit of a roller coaster ride on styles, there's a variety of good tunes on tap. Like the menacing artwork.
 
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